Christine in Spain » Fashion & Beauty http://christineinspain.net Spain Photography & Travel Blog Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:17:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 My Travel Beauty Essentials http://christineinspain.net/travel-beauty-essentials/ http://christineinspain.net/travel-beauty-essentials/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:22:20 +0000 Christine http://christineinspain.net/?p=889 I’m not one of those travelers who is capable of [...]

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I’m not one of those travelers who is capable of leaving their beauty bag back home. As much as I’d like to be fresh-faced and free up some space in my carry-on, even while traveling, I still like to put my best face forward. However, I don’t carry with me my full arsenal of beauty products. I swap out easy-to-break items like perfumes for solid fragrances, and stock up on sample sizes at Sephora or Target and pack products with several purposes (hello, BB creams!)

With no further ado, these are my travel beauty essentials:

Travel Beauty Essentials

Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes are essential, but full-sized brushes take up too much suitcase real estate. Pick up a travel-size set of brushes. This set by NARS features a blush brush, 2 eye-shadow brushes and an eyeliner brush. What more could you need?

NARS Cosmetics travel makeup brush €56 - narscosmetics.com

BB Cream

I’m a huge fan of Smashbox products. Though their prices can be a bit steep, they’re high quality products, and the brand is constantly introducing inventive beauty products to the market. With the BB Cream craze at an all-time high, every brand has their own version, but I really love Smashbox’s because it includes its awesome primer in the formula and mattifies my face. While the regular-sized BB Cream has a wider range of colors, this version is travel-sized.

Smashbox travel makeup €15 - smashbox.com

Eye-shadow Palette

I have the full-sized set of the Naked II palette and it’s the only palette I use. This set is so appealing for travel as it has neutral shades that are great for daytime and darker, sultrier shadows for a night out in a new city.

Urban decay eyeshadow €24 - debenhams.com

Solid Perfume

I always hesitate to bring glass in my bag, even if it’s my carry-on, because I’m always worried something is going to break. Since perfume is almost always in a glass bottle, I now use solid perfumes when I travel. The best thing about this solid perfume from Lush? You don’t have to use your fingers to apply it, as it’s in a stick-form.

Fragrance €8,19 - lushusa.com

Clarisonic Cleansing System

The Clarisonic has been nothing short of a miracle for my acne-prone, oily skin. I actually look forward to washing my face as it feels like I’m getting a mini-facial, and it cleans my skin like nothing I’ve ever tried before. I’ve tried countless products that others have raved about with lackluster results, but I swear, the Clarisonic is well worth the hype. I saw major changes in my skin after just days of using it. Not to mention, this is the travel-friendly version (which I own) that comes with a case, charger and TSA-friendly-sized cleanser. Win-win!

Clarisonic €110 - beauty.com

Dry Shampoo

Shampooing your hair daily takes its toll on your locks, so I love to throw in a mini dry shampoo to soak up the oil and give my hair body on days that I don’t shampoo it.

Oscar blandi €8,23 - beauty.com

Superbalm

Multi-use products are the holy grail of beauty travel essentials. This superbalm by Liz Earle can be slathered on dry hands and cuticles, used to butter up your pout or to soften and smooth skin. No need to take an array of moisturizers and creams!

Liz Earle beauty product €19 - johnlewis.com

Let me know in the comments; what are your travel beauty essentials?

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6 Pairs of Sandals Perfect for Summer Travel http://christineinspain.net/sandals-for-summer-travel/ http://christineinspain.net/sandals-for-summer-travel/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 18:00:12 +0000 Christine http://christineinspain.net/blog/sandals-for-summer-travel/ In Athens, Greece. I opted for gladiator sandals, natur [...]

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In Athens, Greece. I opted for gladiator sandals, naturally!

Summer is upon us, and that means you’ve stored away your leather boots and closed-toe shoes and are pulling out your wedges, flip-flops and sandals.

When I travel, I don’t like to sacrifice my style, but I do know the importance of being comfortable—especially on those hot, unforgiving days when you’re walking a ton. The biggest dilemma for many female travelers is finding footwear that strikes a balance between stylish and practical.

My solution?

Sandals. You can trek all over the city in them during the day, and easily pair them with a gorgeous, flowy dress to go out at night. Here’s six pairs I selected to inspire your suitcase:

T-Strap Summer Sandals
Have a great weekend!

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What I’d Wear: Airport Style Tips http://christineinspain.net/airport-style-tips/ http://christineinspain.net/airport-style-tips/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:53:00 +0000 Christine http://christineinspain.net/blog/airport-style/ I believe that your personal style should never be sacr [...]

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Airport Style
I believe that your personal style should never be sacrificed for an airplane ride, so I decided to compile some of my best airport style tips. Whether I’m at the airport at 6AM or mid-day, I keep my sweatpants and slippers tucked away in my bag. However, I don’t go to extremes, and the airport isn’t my personal runway as it seems to be for some women (I will never understand wearing high-heels to get on a plane!).
I tend to meet in the middle between a comfortable and stylish ensemble. My key elements? Layers, flats, a roomy bag, sunglasses, minimal jewelry and of course, my Kindle, which unfortunately needs a replacement (R.I.P.).
With Spring finally here, but temps all over the place here in Europe I’m opting for an outfit like the one above that will keep me warm, but can stand up to the heat (if I’m so lucky to find any in my upcoming trip to Lisbon!)

Need more airport style inspiration? Look no further than the stars themselves. Sure they have extensive wardrobes and stylists, but these looks can easily be recreated to fit your budget and ensure your still have money left over for cocktails and museum tickets!

Happy Friday! xx

(Images: Lauren Rosie Sara Miranda Jessica Minka Whitney Eva)

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What I’d Wear: Casual City Sightseeing http://christineinspain.net/what-to-wear-city-sightseeing/ http://christineinspain.net/what-to-wear-city-sightseeing/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:38:00 +0000 Christine http://christineinspain.net/blog/what-to-wear-city-sightseeing/ I’ve been wanting to find a way to incorporate fashion [...]

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I’ve been wanting to find a way to incorporate fashion into my seemingly ‘Spain-only’ blog. Those who know me can attest to my love of fashion, or at least, my inability to avoid sales at my favorite stores. This is another reason why expat lifestyle wins out for me—I get to have a closet! Albeit, a small European one.
So, I’ve started a new series: What I’d Wear, featuring outfits I’d choose depending on weather, location and activity, influenced by the fashion I’m exposed to here in Europe. Don’t worry gentlemen, I haven’t left you out! Here, I’ve put together two sets with a day of casual city sightseeing in mind, for both women AND men:
Casual City Sightseeing

SHOP: Wildfox Couture long sleeve top, £105 Zara hooded coat, $100 H&m pants, £7.99 Dune over knee boots, £169 Studded bag, £10 COLLECTION XIIX fringe scarve, $38 Gucci oversized sunglasses, $275

When traveling, it’s über-important to dress in layers, as you never know if the current weather conditions will change, while keeping in mind that you’ll get warmed up from all of the walking around. These outfits have a temperature of the 50’s-to low 60’s (F) in mind, much like the winter here on the southern coast of Spain.

For women, I’ve chosen leggings as they’re stretchy, comfortable yet still chic and don’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase. This outfit in particular is all about comfort as I’ve chosen a soft, crew-neck, sweatshirt-inspired top and riding boots—perfect for a long day of walking. The hooded coat by Zara is one I actually own (in black) and provides just the right amount of warmth and slight protection from a rain shower, if need be.

Topped off by oversized sunglasses, a versatile print scarf and a messenger bag that you can store your valuables in and keep close to your body—we don’t want any pockets picked here!

Casual City Sightseeing-Men

Charcoal Marl Zip Through Hoodie – Mens Hoodies & Zips – Clothing -… LIGHT GREY SNOOD – Scarves & Snoods – Accessories – TOPMAN, $32 RVCA Wrightwood Mens Trucker Hat, $20 ELIXIR Mustang Mens Flannel Shirt, $25 Adidas Ciero mid blk/wht/gum, £65 Burberry Men’S Black Chronograph Watch, $575 Dior Homme 19cm Carbon Copy Denim Jeans, €801 1STDIBS.COM – Lost City Arts – Pre Depression Humpback Porcelain NYC…

For the guys, I’ve gone with comfortable layers as well: a warm flannel shirt, an optional scarf and a hoodie if you get chilly. When traveling it’s always crucial to keep a watch on you, so I’ve included this seriously stylish all-black watch by Burberry. Ignore some of the outrageous prices here and focus on the overall look. You can easily find a comparable pair of jeans for a LOT less, but with a similar cut and wash.

A trucker’s hat adds some interest to your look, and flatters most everyone, while casual Adidas sneakers are perfect for a day of non-stop action.

RECAP:

What: Casual and comfortable clothes for a day of sightseeing in the city.

Where: Where temps are similar to the southern coast of Spain, Northern California, and Greece. 50-60 F & 10-15 C.

When:  Winter.

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